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Jordan Sheffield picks Vanderbilt over Red Sox

1:00 AM, Jul. 09, 2013 EDT

Jordan Sheffield

Jordan Sheffield has decided to take his 98mph fastball to Vanderbilt instead of the Boston Red Sox.

With Friday's signing deadline looming, the recent Tullahoma graduate picked the Commodores on Monday.

He attended his first class on Tuesday.

Boston drafted Sheffield in the 13th round in early June. He missed most of his senior season after undergoing elbow surgery in April.

"I'm just going to go to school," Sheffield said. "It's a tough decision just because it's a kid's dream to get drafted and go play ball, but passing up the opportunity at Vanderbilt is also tough. Vanderbilt does have a great baseball system and also a great education. It's a win-win situation. You can never go wrong."

Sheffield can re-enter the draft in three years.

"I just feel like Vanderbilt was the best fit for me right now in this situation," Sheffield said. "I love it down here. It's great."

Sheffield underwent Tommy John surgery, which normally takes a year to heal.

"It's coming along really well," Sheffield said. "I'm working on a strengthening process right now. I have full range of motion back in it."

Sheffield said it's too early to know if he will have to redshirt next season.

During the last few weeks Sheffield had talks with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, Boston's scouting director and the area scout.

"They were just asking if I wanted to sign, giving me an offer and everything, seeing where I was at and what I wanted to do," said Sheffield, who declined to give details of the offer.

Sheffield's younger brother, Justus, who is a rising senior at Tullahoma, has committed with the Commodores.

Jordan Sheffield went 6-1 with a 0.99 ERA and hit .373 as a junior in 2012.



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